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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is somewhat boat-like as super scooters go, and heavy with it, but the Atlantic is nevertheless remarkably sprightly. 2005’s updates modernised the look and updated the frame and suspension. The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is roomy, stable, practical, rides well with great brakes and lots of nice little touches. Even hardcore bikers could have fun on this.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Aprilia Atlantic 500 has an electronically fuel-injected number, courtesy of Piaggio, it has a surprising amount of power, delivered smoothly and predictably. Loads of torque means leaping away from the lights on the Aprilia Atlantic 500 is a doddle but there’s enough clout throughout the range to make twisties and motorways a realistic, comfortable option.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Updated suspension, combined with a strong, new frame, make the Aprilia Atlantic 500 very nimble and incredibly stable for a scooter. If anything, the rear suspension is a little too firm. The Aprilia Atlantic 500's seat is plush and there’s plenty of leg room so the rider doesn’t feel cramped. In town, it’s punchy and competent; elsewhere, it’s more than capable of taking you places in comfort. The linked brakes work well, too


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Aprilia Atlantic 500 has an elaborate dash including a fuel gauge plus two, lockable storage compartments. There’s also a socket for you to charge your mobile and a key-activated alarm/immobiliser as standard. Extras include a huge, 45-litre top box which slots onto the existing mounting, a leg cover and a larger windshield. Good pillion seat with grab rails. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Atlantic 500 in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia Atlantic 500 (2002-2006)

Detail Value
New price £4,349
Engine size 460 cc
Power 37 bhp
Top speed 100 mph
Insurance group 8 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Piaggio engine has a healthy history of firing quite a few Aprilia scooters and the Atlantic range has been going well for years now. All seems well, mechanically, but keep an eye on the Aprilia Atlantic 500's electrics and some reckon Aprilia’s aftersales service is a bit patchy.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Aprilia Atlantic 500's main rivals are Yamaha’s T-Max, Suzuki’s 650 Burgman and the Honda Silver Wing but all are far pricier. The 400 Burgman costs the same but lacks the power. The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is well kitted-out and serves up a punchy ride with perky acceleration and great manoeuvrability. As ‘super scooters’ go, this one’s pretty good value. Find an Aprilia Atlantic 500 for sale.


Insurance group: 8 of 17

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Model History

2002: Aprilia Atlantic 500 introduced.
2003: The 125cc and 200cc versions added to the Aprilia Atlantic range: basically the same as each other but for their power output, they’re lighter and smaller than the 500 but have all the creature comforts and practical touches of the bigger scooter.
2005: The Aprilia Atlantic 500 is given a makeover and becomes the “Atlantic 500 Sprint”.

Other Versions

Aprilia Atlantic 125: baby version, ideal for learners with 15bhp.
Aprilia Atlantic 200: the middle sibling, offering 20bhp.
Aprilia Atlantic 500: before it became the “Sprint”, it weighed a little less, had a smaller tank and had a lower seat. It also had twin front brake discs… Handling wasn’t quite as sharp as on the newer machine.


Top speed 100 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16 secs
Max power 37 bhp
Max torque 31 ft-lb
Weight 199 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 53 mpg
Tank range 175 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 8 of 17
Engine size 460 cc
Engine specification 4v single cylinder, automatic
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 260mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 14
Rear tyre size 140/60 x 14

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • Atlantic all at sea?


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    The Atlantic is a big scooter with a big engine and a big heart. The single cylinder thumps away pleasingly and at higher revs it pulls well and is very smooth, initial take off is a little sluggish (compared with the more refined TMAX for example). Returns 55mpg whatever you do with it and fine for long rides with wide comfy sadle and good weather protection. Equipment levels are excellent, better than I've seen on any other scooter with trip computer, revs, hazard warning lights, space for a radio (speaker holes are there but not fitted on mine), 12v socket etc. You'd have thought that the great big bulge at the back was a boot, but its not- a real missed opportunity in my view. It will happily sit at 85mpg without bother, in all a very capable machine. The only problem I've had a was a small fire on the fusebox where a wire had melted, that was quickly replaced and since then its been going fine. Fit a Tucano leg cover for £80 and you are well set for the winter commute too. They are a rare site on the roads and you can pick them up for bargain basement money. My 2003 reg with 14k on the clock was a snip at £800, less than half what a TMAX would set you back, and almost steps up the mark.

    18 October 2013


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